Hello NM Interfaith Dialogue participants. Great news! We will be having our monthly NMID Zoom call on June 17th, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm. Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Dr. Rob Lennick, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. He will be delving into the rich Jewish diversity in New Mexico. If […]
As we move from a Covid Pandemic year of restrictions into a new one of unknown challenges and opportunities, we need to acknowledge that the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue will not hold a Spring Colloquium this year, 2021.
With considerable sadness, the Board determined that a large gathering over a period of hours would be a danger to health, if possible. A virtual colloquium posed too many difficulties to be practical.
Most of you probably are aware that our monthly Dialogues have been conducted using Zoom technology since late Spring 2020 with the meeting time changed to 7- 8:30 PM.
Topics ranged from the book Three Paths – One God to various articles from the CAC Oneing volume “Unity and Diversity” and the book Peace by Prof. Nader Angha. Presenters included: Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, Victoria Reder and Aamna Nayyar; Carlos Navarro, Gigi Ross, Joan Brown OSF, Rev. John Dear and two of our Board, Maziar Ziabari and Neil McHugh.
We expect to continue Dialogues via Zoom as long as Covid-19 restrictions limit participant numbers in on-site meetings. However, there will be no Dialogue this month, January 2021.
Our February Dialogue will feature Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev of Santa Fe speaking and answering questions about “Prophetic Wisdom to Face the Challenges of the Present Moment” based on his book The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now.
As we advance into the new year the Board hopes to ‘Widen the Circle’ of our Interfaith focus to include additional faith communities in the metro and northern NM area so that we become better acquainted and mutually aware.
We are optimistic and will keep you informed.
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The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue began in 1982 as an interpersonal dialogue between Albuquerque-area priest, Father Ernest Falardo, and Rabbi Paul Citrin of Congregation Albert, in response to the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.
The conversation soon expanded to include educators within both faith traditions. During the early years, from 1984 to 1993, the Dialogue held educational programs and joint prayer services.
During those years as the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue, the purposes were: “to promote understanding and goodwill among the peoples of the Jewish and Catholic religions; to conduct religious, social and educational programs designed to increase community awareness and sensitivity toward issues relating to Christians and Jews; to engage in various forms of ecumenical dialogue and interaction; and to engage in such other similar activities permissible under law to nonprofit corporations of this nature and character.”
The first Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Colloquium was held in 1994. A colloquium is an hours-long gathering with knowledgeable speakers providing thought-provoking presentations on religious topics, followed by discussion among audience participants.
By 2012, the Dialogue and Colloquium included enough Christian non-Catholic participants that changing to a more inclusive name was determined to be appropriate. The organization changed its name to the Jewish-Christian Dialogue.
During Colloquia held 2006 to 2009, the presentations included all three Abrahamic faith perspectives: Jews, Christians and Muslims. In post-event evaluations, many attendees requested continuing and increased Muslim engagement. In 2015, the organization’s name was changed once again to the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue, expanding the conversation to become more inclusive.